Montour County group a big winner at Farm Show

HARRISBURG — They sure know how to win.  Time Warp, a Montour County group, has won first place in the Sheep-to-Shawl competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.  It is their sixth first-place win in the past eleven years.

There are six members on the team including Carl Geissinger, the shearer, Jeff Johnstonbaugh, the carder, spinners Katherine Dashner, Ivy Allgeier, and Emily Kephart and weaver Libby Beiler.

Beiler says “The sheep is sheared, and its wool is brushed, spun and then handed off to me to weave the shawl.  We have a two-and-a-half hour time limit.”

Although the group is used to winning, Beiler says there is always a little stress.  “For a few years before we had a team, I would go down as a spectator.  I thought the two-and-a-half hours was an extraordinarily long period of time to create a 22 x 78 inch shawl.  But, once you are doing it, time goes by like a blur and you have to work really fast to get it done,” says Beiler.

Time Warp’s theme this year was “Pennsylvania Rails to Trails” and they incorporated the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail and the colors surrounding it into the finished shawl.  The shawls are auctioned off at the end of the competition.  It was purchased for $1,375.

Other local groups who placed were Fort Freeland Flickers who came in third place and are made up of members from Montour, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.  Fourth place was awarded to Dream Weavers from Northumberland County. (Sara Bartlett)